Freshly Pressed – and Juiced about it!

juicedHey, this is fun.  I found out yesterday that my last post, One word at a time, is to be featured on Freshly Pressed.

I began blogging two years ago whilst in the early stages of writing my first novel.  I thought it would be good to have a web presence that wasn’t about my work life (that’s my marketing web site) but instead reflected my ambitions to become a writer and my writing journey (I know… I’m sorry, I hate that word too).  It also afforded me a soapbox to grumble in a very Grumpy Old Woman-ish sort of a way about the language I love and the way it gets corrupted. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve no problem with language evolving for an altered cultural landscape.  What I dislike is lazy language.

For two years I’ve been pinning my posts to a tree in the middle of a forest.  Every now and again, someone has wandered past and enjoyed a read, but mostly, ants have chewed at the paper and rain has washed away the ink.  To be fair, I’ve done little to boost my follower numbers – until now – I’ve been too busy trying to finish my first novel.  That’s my excuse, m’lud, and I stand by it.

But by a strange and synergistic coincidence in the very week that I finally declare Singled Out to be a finished manuscript, I get Freshly Pressed.  So I’m juiced! And now that my 97,000 fledgling words are almost ready to fly (yes, another few hundred evaporated on the advice of one of my Beta readers), I promise to be a better blogger in future.

And if by chance you’re a reader who stumbled upon my tree in the forest as a result of Freshly Pressed, do take a moment to say Hi!

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21 thoughts on “Freshly Pressed – and Juiced about it!”

  1. Freshly Juiced! Well done and good luck with the book!

    Just starting on that path myself – mostly to keep the fleshy object taking up residence inside my cranium from withering into nothingness from my “day job”.

    1. Thank you! There came a point a while back when the ‘day job’ writing wasn’t enough any more. I thought there might be some under-used creative cells in my brain and now I know I was right. Good luck on your own journey. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

  2. Congratulations on your first book and being freshly pressed! That’s where I found your blog and I’m now following, great to hear the journey of someone ahead of me on the path I want to take – as cheesy as that sounds! I’m about 10% into writing the first draft of my novel!

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Being Freshly Pressed was a big surprise, but a real boost too. Very, very best of luck with your draft. All you need to do is… keep going… one word at a time!

  3. A finished manuscript – well done! It’s the editing down that’s the really hard part. And ‘freshly pressed’ too… I can’t wait to read the whole novel.

    1. Thanks Tracy 🙂 The thrill is feeling that I’m nearing the end.. but even that’s just another beginning – the beginning of the business of getting ‘Singled Out’ in front of agents and publishers.

  4. Thank you so much!! Stumbled upon your tree in a forest as a result of looking for blogs! I am a novice writer and your blogs are brilliant. Loads of luck with your book….I look forward to reading it.

  5. Kudos on the Freshly Pressed mention. I’m actually just starting out in my own blog (for basically the exact same reasons you did it in the first place! Gotta Market me right along with my novels!) and so far, your journey sounds very eerily like mine, so I’m hopeful that one day, freshly pressed will come calling to me as well!

    Never stop writing, whatever you do!

    1. Thank you! It was a lovely surprise, and so unexpected. These days a writer needs to have a social media voice. Self-promotion isn’t easy, but building online communities interested in what we write will work in our favour when it comes to marketing those novels to publishers looking for track record and credentials from untested new talent.

      Freshly Pressed has today delivered me 1000 new hits, on top of the 450 from yesterday, when I was averaging hits in single figures before that. Responding to comments and viewing new blogs has consumed my day, but in a good way. When they say ‘hope your blog is ready for new readers’, they aren’t kidding. I too hope they come calling to you!

      By the way, in case you didn’t spot my follow-up comment, I’ve (just) removed over 100 unwanted instances of that little word from my draft. I’m indebted to you, Bryan. I’m following your blog now, and look forward to some lively opinion and film reviews.

      1. Glad I could be of some help. I learned that from a veteran Hollywood writer after she reviewed one of my screenplays, and it has helped me out tremendously. Thanks for following my blog.

  6. As you noted in revising a long manuscript, you come across a word or cluster of words you keep repeating. I’ve found they’re a good place to get busy with the Thesaurus, where each synonym introduces another nuance to an underlying current.

    1. Good point. That’s why I love my physical thesaurus above any online version too, because as your eyes range across the pages, there are so many minutely different variants to consider, and there’s always a perfect one.

  7. Congrats on being freshly pressed – and yes I am one who stumbled upon your blog that way as well. I have loved discovering the world of blogging these last few months as I can interact and read about hundreds even thousands of other people who are trying to do the same thing I am. Keep writing and good luck with your novel!

    1. Thank you, and thanks for joining in the fun! I’m loving how that Freshly Pressed post on editing has opened a door to a whole community of writers and would-be writers all facing the same challenges. It’s like a great online writing buddy group.

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